Using Mathematics is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in different contexts. Ideally, teachers will use relevant real-life situations that require mathematical thinking.
Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to:
- choose the appropriate materials, equipment and mathematics to use in a particular situation;
- use mathematical knowledge and concepts accurately;
- work systematically and check their work;
- use mathematics to solve problems and make decisions;
- develop methods and strategies, including mental mathematics;
- explore ideas, make and test predictions and think creatively;
- identify and collect information;
- read, interpret, organise and present information in mathematical formats;
- use mathematical understanding and language to ask and answer questions, talk about and discuss ideas and explain ways of working;
- develop financial capability; and
- use ICT to solve problems and/or present their work.
Standards of pupil competency in numeracy can be measured through the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using Mathematics.
Assessing Using Mathematics
Assessing Using Mathematics in a variety of contexts across the curriculum helps track the effectiveness of school numeracy strategies and monitor pupil progress. It is important to plan teaching, learning and assessment opportunities and the Levels of Progression can help with this, for example when negotiating success criteria with pupils.
See the Assess and Progress section for more detailed advice and guidance on assessing Using Mathematics.
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Levels of Progression for Using Mathematics
The Levels of Progression are set out in can-do statements. These show the continuum of skills that pupils should be able to demonstrate so they can build the numeracy skills needed for functioning effectively in life and the world of work. The Levels of Progression and the Expansion of the Levels of Progression are available from Using Mathematics at Key Stage 1 and 2 in the Assess and Progress section.
Levels of Progression for Using Mathematics Outline
This video outlines the general layout, content and unique sections of the Levels of Progression grid for Using Mathematics.
Task and Exemplification Library
To access the Task and Exemplification Library, go to Skills and Learning: Interactive Support. Teachers do not have to log in for the Task Library but they do have to log in for the Exemplification Library to access pupils’ actual work.
Our Task and Exemplification Library for Key Stages 1 and 2 contains assessment tasks and samples of pupil work. The tasks and samples show the expected standards for Levels of Progression 1–5. The Library also contains guidance about using tasks and assigning a level to pupil work.
Teachers can use the tasks with pupils from Key Stages 1 and 2 to support the development and, if appropriate, the assessment of the Cross-Curricular Skills.
They can also view an example of a school submission for external moderation, which contains samples of pupil work for Using Mathematics at Levels 3–4.
Shape and Space 1: A teaching and learning resource for Using Mathematics
This resource uses practical activities, programmable devices and Logo software to promote using mathematical language and concepts related to position, movement and direction. It presents a graded progression of activities themed loosely on nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
Shape and Space 2: A teaching and learning resource for Using Mathematics
This resource uses practical activities, programmable devices and Logo software to enhance and consolidate understanding of Shape and Space concepts. It presents a graded progression of activities themed loosely on local myths and legends.
Using Mathematics: Suggested classroom activities to support teaching and learning using the Levels of Progression
This online booklet contains example classroom activities designed to support assessment as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. It suggests ideas for helping pupils to progress from level to level. It includes themes such as Food, Healthy Eating and Cooking, Fairy Tales, Houses and Homes, Road Safety, The Romans and The Victorians.
This microsite provides information and educational resources that teachers will need to deliver effective lessons in personal money management. It aims to develop young people’s financial understanding, skills and confidence. This will help them to develop effective decision-making skills.